Today, through universal newborn hearing screening, early diagnosis and fitting of hearing technology, and early intervention, children with hearing loss are achieving speech and language outcomes that rival their hearing peers. Key elements, that support success, must be in place for these children, including high family engagement, well-trained professionals, use of hearing technology, and consistent family-centered early intervention services. Oftentimes, however, families don’t have access to these services in their communities, and telepractice has become a way to link families to these essential services that promote communication and learning. This introductory-level webinar explores models of best practice that underpin successful telepractice service delivery and speech and language outcomes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with hearing loss.
Speech-Language Pathologists, Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Auditory Verbal Therapists
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Identify current distance technology that is impacting family-centered early intervention and the education of children with hearing loss;
2. Discuss the role of parent coaching in telepractice;
3. Define the use of telepractice as a service delivery model for children with hearing loss and their families; and
4. Review examples of the various virtual intervention/therapeutic scenarios.
About Your Instructor
K. Todd Houston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
K. Todd Houston, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a Professor, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), and a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (Cert. AVT). He is currently a member of the faculty in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Akron (Akron, OH) and also serves as an SLP and LSLS Cert. AVT for the Cochlear Implant Program at Akron Children’s Hospital.
For more than 25 years, his professional focus has been serving young children with hearing loss and their families who are learning to listen and acquire spoken language as well as providing aural rehabilitation to adults with hearing loss. Over the past decade, Dr. Houston has incorporated telepractice into his service delivery and continues to provide direct services each week, both in-person and through telepractice, to young children with hearing loss and their families.
He has published three recent books through Plural Publishing: Telepractice In Speech-Language Pathology (2014), Assessing Listening and Spoken Language in Children with Hearing Loss (with Dr. Tamala Bradham, 2015), and Telerpactice In Audiology (with Dr. Emma Rushbrooke, 2016). Dr. Houston continues to publish research articles, book chapters, and other editorials focused on a range of related clinical topics.
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